John McEnroe understands Andy Murray, whom he recognises as a kindred spirit.
On a gloomy day on the south coast, there was a dark cloud over Heather Watson, who will head to Wimbledon with diminished levels of confidence after she continued her poor run of form by tumbling out of the Aegon International in the first round.
Andy Murray won a record fifth title here, coming from a set down to still the impressive challenge of Milos Raonic in two hours and 12 minutes on a mild, grey day that did not reflect the tension on court – and off it.
Andy Murray had a lot of friends at Queen’s on Saturday, none more loyal than the green stuff on which he teased Marin Cilic for just under two hours to reach the final of the Aegon Championships, where he will face Milos Raonic, who defeated Bernard Tomic 6-4, 6-4 in the other semi-final.
Kyle Edmund might be the future of British tennis, as Andy Murray told a delighted Queen’s audience after beating the fast-rising 21-year-old Yorkshireman in three absorbing sets on Friday – but the Scot is still very much the incumbent.
In those moments here in west London when the sun has scared away the clouds and rain, British tennis has appeared in rude health, even if the tan might fade before summer is out.
Ivan Lendl rarely lacks certitude, so when he says he is unsure why he resumed his partnership with Andy Murray – which got off to a flying start at Queen’s this week – a few questions were in order.
When James Ward heard he was to play Novak Djokovic on Centre Court in the first round at Wimbledon on Monday, he reacted as any son of a London taxi driver might. “Oh fuck,” he said, when Pierre‑Hugues Herbert showed him the draw on his mobile phone at the All England Club.
With a name like Coco Vandeweghe, going under the radar has never been that easy for a woman who is now ranked as the fifth‑best American player.
Finally, Serena Williams is as good as Steffi Graf.
After the first set of her semi-final Serena Williams lifted a towel and used a corner to dab her forehead. It was the first sign she had broken any sweat. She defeated Elena Vesnina, the world’s 50th-best player, in 48 minutes.
Novak Djokovic was quick to praise both Branislav Ivanovic and Nemanja Matic on the Europa League final appearance last night.
The Arsenal and Manchester United greats sat near each other at SW19.
In the hours after his stunning win against Novak Djokovic in the previous round, Sam Querrey watched every little rerun he could get his hands on, loving the moment.
Andy Murray has claimed his second Wimbledon title with a clinical straight-sets victory over Milos Raonic.
Juan Martín del Potro, in his quiet and ambling fashion, has built up a steady body of work on his return to the tournament he won in 2009, and, with the crowd warming to every pistol crack of his huge forehand, he enters the quarter-finals on Wednesday as a dangerous contender.
Of the eight players left in the men’s draw of the 2016 US Open, Andy Murray has hit the highest pitch of excellence – and the fastest serve of his life – in allowing Grigor Dimitrov just five games in two hours of exhilarating tennis.
It’s a common enough occurrence at sporting events these days: the umpire warning spectators to turn off their phones to avoid distracting players. But on Sunday it was an athlete being admonished after Marcos Baghdatis admitted texting his wife during his defeat to Gaël Monfils at the US Open.